A Visit to Tvrdina Kale Fortress, Skopje, Macedonia

On a recent visit to Skopje, Macedonia, I took a walk to the fortress in the middle of the city. I had previously posted a photo of the outside of the fortress on a different visit to Skopje:

Processed with MOLDIV

You enter the fortress by crossing through a public park. There was a gate with a stop sign, but an older man selling bottles of water by the entrance just waved me through. I’m going to be honest — I was less than impressed by my visit. There were no signs ANYWHERE, so I had no idea what I was looking at. I had hoped to learn some of the fortress’ history. I had also thought maybe there would be … I don’t know … some artifacts or something? It does offer good views of the whole city, though.

From a Google search, I learned that the fortress is from the Byzantine empire and was built in 6th century A.D. Even online info about this place seems pretty scant.

kale skopje 2
Green park
kale skopje 5
Fortress wall
IMG_2287
Nice view from the park
mosque
Mosque
kale skopje
Macedonian flag, with the mountains in the distance
kale skopje 3
What’s this? I don’t know!
IMG_2293
View of Skopje’s Contemporary Art Museum
filip II sports arena
View of Skopje’s sports arena
kale skopje 4
Crumbling stone

On my walk back to the bus station, I took this picture. I liked the lion statue. 🙂

skopje macedonia
Roar

 

A Walk Around Skopje, Macedonia

I took these photos on a recent visit to Skopje, Macedonia. (You can read about my first visit to Macedonia here.)

Processed with MOLDIV
Across the street from the bus station …
Processed with MOLDIV
So many flags …
Processed with MOLDIV
Fortress/castle from the Ottoman Empire. It’s huge! I hope I get a chance to go back and visit.
Processed with MOLDIV
I loved this domed church. So pretty!
Processed with MOLDIV
Downtown Skopje, Macedonia